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Kid-Friendly Hikes and Nature Walks in Skagit County

Escape the crowds on these delightful walks for Puget Sound-area families

Bryony Angell

Published on: August 26, 2021

Kid-Friendly Hikes and Nature Walks in Skagit County

Tommy Thompson Trail
Tommy Thompson Trail. Credit: Bryony Angell

Tommy Thompson Trail

If you like a bit of industry punctuating your views of Mount Baker and the North Cascades, the Tommy Thompson Trail is a 3.3-mile paved trail starting at the Port of Anacortes and ending at the Shell/Tesoro refinery across Fidalgo Bay. The nature/industry juxtaposition is surprisingly restorative for the suggestion of nature’s ability to bounce back from human impact: How often can you walk across a retired railway trestle over water, the scent of native Madrone and the call of gulls accompanying your amble?

Find it: You can park for free at multiple trail locations; near the refinery on March Point Road, at the Fidalgo Bay Resort, or at the Port of Anacortes. The paved trail is open to bikes, dogs, walkers and is accessible for the entire length. Port-a-potties and benches dot the route about every mile.

Wander in nature with kids on more local trails this summer or fall:

Editor's note: This article was originally published in 2020 and updated for 2021.

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